Center Fielder Myles Straw Provided Plenty of Value Defensively
Straw remained in the Guardians lineup despite struggling with the bat for much of the season because of his defensive value. His defensive value increased significantly this year, allowing manager Terry Francona to let his center fielder work through struggles at the major-league level. In four fewer games, and nine fewer total chances when compared to 2021, Straw saved 13 more runs when measured by Defensive Runs Saved in 2022. His 17 total DRS ranked second among center fielders this year and allowed him to capture the award over Baltimore’s Cedric Mullins and Kansas City’s Michael Taylor, who won the award in 2021.
Ultimately Straw’s future may depend on if his bat develops. In order to remain a regular starter, he will likely need to return closer to his career average of .247 and continue providing value on the basepaths along with his elite defensive production.